Mechatronics training available at PCC’s Workforce Training Center

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Mechatronics Instructor Mike CobbPiedmont Community College’s Continuing Education department will offer Mechatronics training beginning with an Orientation to Mechatronics course on October 10 - 25. This class will meet 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at PCC’s Workforce Training Center located at 303 South Morgan Street in Roxboro. This free Orientation class is required for those needing financial assistance with the cost ($510) of the actual Mechatronics training starting in November.

During this orientation class, students will receive training in job seeking essentials needed to provide marketable skills for manufacturing technicians in the Mechatronics field and have an opportunity to earn their NC Career Readiness Certificate (CRC).

The full Mechatronics training will be held November 2 – December 15. This class will meet from 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays with a lunch break from 12-12:30 p.m.

The program focuses on basic mechanical systems and mechanical components; basic electrical processes and components, including types and applications of position sensors; fundamentals of fluid systems (hydraulics or pneumatics) and introduction to robotics and programmable logic control fundamentals as applied to automated manufacturing systems.

Successful completers of the Siemens Mechatronics System Assistant courses will have completed all the technical coursework necessary to take the Siemens Level 1 certification exam and may be eligible to obtain college credit by examination in the new Mechatronics Associate Degree program offered through the College.

PCC is able to offer this class for the first time in North Carolina due to the receipt of a Duke Energy grant allowing the College to purchase equipment necessary to deliver the training. This equipment includes a flexible manufacturing station and robot driven by Siemens controls, an electrically driven Hydraulics station and an Electrical station as well as other tools equipment.

To enroll in the Mechatronics orientation and training or for more information, contact PCC’s Workforce Development Team at (336) 322-2156 or the Workforce Training Center at (336) 599-4620. Financial assistance is available to qualified unemployed, underemployed, and economically distressed individuals.

Photo: Instructor Mike Cobb